Stress & Anxiety

“I Hate My Job. It Will Always Be Agonizing!”

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on March 27, 2014 1 Comment
“I Hate My Job. It Will Always Be Agonizing!”

This third article in my series on negative and irrational thinking addresses two common types of cognitive distortions, taken from Scott Burns’ book “The Feeling Good Handbook.” I know none of you would ever fall prey to any such faulty thinking, but bear with me anyway! Emotional Reasoning The first type of negative and irrational […]

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Don’t Allow Unnecessary Negativity to Hold You Captive

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on March 13, 2014 3 Comments
Don’t Allow Unnecessary Negativity to Hold You Captive

This is the second article in my continuing series on negative and irrational thinking. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to quickly identify negative thoughts and replace them with positive and realistic ones? If you can master this technique, you will be much happier and more peaceful. The best tool for identifying and replacing […]

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Why Does the Traffic Always Slow Down When I’m In a Hurry?

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on March 6, 2014 2 Comments
Why Does the Traffic Always Slow Down When I’m In a Hurry?

Men are disturbed not by events, but by the views which they take of them. Epictetus, born 55 A.D. In my book “I’m a Type A—How the Heck Will I Ever Retire?” I talk a lot about how what we think influences our attitude, mood, and behavior. I discuss how, unbeknownst to many of us, […]

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Trust the Lord Completely – Don’t Ever Trust Yourself!

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on January 22, 2014 1 Comment
Trust the Lord Completely – Don’t Ever Trust Yourself!

I wish I could take credit for this saying, but actually it is my all-time favorite Bible quote. I like it so much I’ve considered having it tattooed on my inner arm as a constant reminder to place my trust where it belongs. I will give a couple of examples of how this advice has […]

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Lady Gaga Does It Again!

Filed in Lady Gaga, Stress & Anxiety by on January 9, 2014 6 Comments
Lady Gaga Does It Again!

No, I’m not referring to Lady Gaga wearing another kooky outfit, although she certainly does that often enough. I’m talking about Lady Gaga making another hugely insightful observation about life. I was watching the album release show for her new ARTPOP CD, and she was being interviewed by Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest, as you’re probably already […]

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What Type A’s Always Miss When Setting New Year’s Goals

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on December 27, 2013 1 Comment
What Type A’s Always Miss When Setting New Year’s Goals

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that is the great puzzle.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland I visit my therapist just twice a year these days because I am feeling emotionally well. It’s good for me to keep in touch with her because I can never quite anticipate when the “wheels might come off,” […]

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Why I Like Lady Gaga So Much

Filed in Lady Gaga, Stress & Anxiety by on December 11, 2013 1 Comment
Why I Like Lady Gaga So Much

People wonder why I like Lady Gaga so much. I’m not exactly her target audience, which is mostly late teens/early twenty-somethings and gay people. (Although, in my defense, I have heard more than one male newscaster on TV say they also think she is kind of hot looking!) What completely sold me on Lady Gaga […]

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I Am Always So Bored and Anxious!

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on November 1, 2013 0 Comments
I Am Always So Bored and Anxious!

Type As often experience feeling bored and anxious. We are so energetic and accustomed to being busy all of the time that as soon as “the music stops,” this is the state we are likely to find ourselves in. I think it is instructive to know what the opposite of bored and anxious is. What […]

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Allow Yourself to Experience Joy

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on October 10, 2013 2 Comments
Allow Yourself to Experience Joy

There’s this weird thing about us Type As—we always need to feel ready and prepared, even if the situation doesn’t warrant it. We don’t want to ever be caught short. It’s as though we are afraid of being criticized, or maybe we are putting up somewhat of a front or facade. The problem with this […]

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The 4 Keys to Overcoming a Panic Attack

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on August 13, 2013 0 Comments
The 4 Keys to Overcoming a Panic Attack

Most Type As do not suffer from panic attacks, and if you have never had one, then good for you. Count yourself blessed. However, I have observed that people with Type A personalities are prone to these attacks, likely due to their hard-driving and controlling personalities. Unfortunately for me, I have been a lifelong sufferer […]

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